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AIA CT: Understanding Housing Inequity in Connecticut
May 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Focusing on urban planning strategies, laws and zoning regulations in Hamden Connecticut, Danielle Chapman and Marissa Dionne Mead, AIA, co-founders of ‘Spring Forward – A Taskforce for Housing Equity‘ will present the history of policies and current practices that create racial and economic inequality in towns across Connecticut.
- Using a summary of federal laws and policies that shaped the housing landscape of the 20th century in the United States, attendees will learn how federal housing authority policies enforced segregation and shut non-white homeowners out of the housing market.
- How mortgage lenders, homeowner’s associations and the real estate industry engaged in discriminatory practices which greatly shaped cities and suburbs and created many of the housing patterns that still exist today.
- How outdated local zoning regulations contribute to segregation and stifle positive growth. Presenters will also describe the ways in which zoning reform can revitalize and diversify communities.
- How affordable housing can be added to existing communities in ways that enhance and bring vitality. Presenters will define gentle density, natural affordability, middle housing, and housing diversity and dispel some of the myths that lead communities to reject affordable and multi-family housing.
Marissa Dionne Mead, AIA